Are you a beginner and looking for the best yoga posture? Pranayama is an ancient method that helps in maintaining your whole body. If you are wondering why it is so that Pranayama is a prevalent form, then you should know that it is considered as the fourth limb of yoga. There is a total of eight limbs of yoga. Pranayama took its name from its prefix ‘Prana,’ which means ‘life force’ and ‘Ayama,’ which means to extend, restrain, and draw out. In an elementary term, it is a breathing technique or exercise to improve your heart and lungs healthy.
Why Is Breathing Important?
We are so busy in this world that we forget to notice about breathing. Breathing is a natural process that changes its flow through different emotions. While doing Pranayama, we ensure that breathing is improved. Improving breathing helps in increasing the capacity of lung making more space for oxygen. Practicing it every day brings more oxygen to the body stimulating the vagus nerve. This nerve activates the parasympathetic nervous systems that help in slowing heart rate and healing your body. It also helps in relieving stress.
From recent knowledge of saints and yogis tell that they related breathing with life. They didn’t judge a person’s lifespan by years but through several respirations taken by him. Slow respiration leads to a long lifespan while irregular, fast respiration leads to a short lifespan. They believed that everyone in this universe has a limited number of respirations that decide how long a person will live.
How To Do Pranayama?
There are different methods to do Pranayama, but the most prevalent variation is NadiShodhana. In this, you have to sit comfortably in a less crowded place.
Close you both hands except right-hand ring finger and thumb. Close your eyes, straight your back. Block left nostril with the ring finger and right nostril with thumb. Now, inhale through your left nostril blocking right nostril with your thumb and exhale through the right nose with left nostril blocked with your ring finger. Again inhale with your right nostril blocking left nostril and exhale through left nostril blocking right nostril. This is what is referred to as one cycle. Repeat this cycle for at least 20-30 minutes a day.
Types Of Pranayama:
- Quiet breathing
- Deep breathing
- Fast breathing
- Tribandha and Pranayama
- Suryanbhedan Pranayama
- Ujjayi Pranayama
These are types of Pranayama. You can practice these variations of Pranayama to improve blood circulation, nervous system, blood pressure, etc.
Many times, you are unable to take out time for yoga, which is necessary if you want to improve your overall health. In such a case, you can go to Pranayama every day. It is facile to follow, and you can do it anywhere; just you need to make sure that you sit in silence. Forget everything that is going around you; just focus on your respiration. Focus if you are breathing in the right way or not. Notice if your back does not bend between it. Remember, everything takes time to get perfect. Doing it every day, you will notice that your health is improving. So, buy a yoga mat and start doing it!